MERRILL, Wi. - Sierra Pacific Windows has acquired the assets of the now-closed Semco Menke Manufacturing.
“The company has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Merrill, Wisconsin-based Semco Windows and Doors," said Sierra Pacific in a press release. "Sierra Pacific, which already has operations in Merrill, acquired Semco’s 275,000 square foot, main manufacturing facility, along with all production equipment. The added space and equipment will allow Sierra Pacific to expand its production capacity to keep up with growing nationwide demand for its wood and vinyl products.
"The purchase of these assets will pave the way for some much-needed additional production capacity in both our wood and vinyl product lines,” said President Tom Takach. “The newly acquired manufacturing space represents an additional 25 percent square footage, beyond our existing 1.1 million square feet. While the closure of Semco is very unfortunate, we are grateful for the opportunity to expand and stay ahead of the incredible growth of the Sierra Pacific Windows brand and all our product lines."
Semco had made wood and wood clad windows - primarily used in log homes, modular/manufactured homes - for nearly 80 years in Merrill. The family-owned company abruptly went out of business December 31, 2019 - citing a lack of orders and an inability to obtain further financing. Around 120 workers were laid off. Semco had employed more than 300 people in Merrill at one point.
“While Sierra Pacific Windows will not be manufacturing Semco’s products, we are grateful to the Semling family, and will continue to honor their legacy of being a quality window manufacturer, solid employer, and members of the community in Merrill,” he said.
Sierra Pacific is a third-generation, family-owned forest products company based in Anderson, California. The firm owns and manages more than 2 million acres of timberland in California and Washington, and is one of the largest lumber producers in the United States. The company also produces millwork, windows, and renewable energy.
Its windows division had annual sales of $150 million in 2019, coming in at number 60 on the year's FDMC 300. It operates three manufacturing plants in California and Wisconsin and employs around 600.
The Emmerson family, who owns Sierra Pacific, is the third-largest landowner in the country.